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Coronet Instructional FilmsUnderstanding Your Ideals (1950)

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A high school boy primarily concerned with automobiles, dates, and parties learns from his father's example that ideals are really based on honesty, sincerity, and good sportsmanship.



This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Producer: Coronet Instructional Films
Sponsor: N/A
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Social guidance

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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Average Rating: 3.20 out of 5 stars3.20 out of 5 stars3.20 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: JayKay49 - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - January 14, 2013
Subject: What On Earth Does This Have to do With "Ideals?"
So apparently, most everybody in metro Chicago knows that Jeffery's big dream is to be popular. I mean, in 60+ years nobody has ever said to me "You just don't know how to be popular...." WTF? She caught the guy in a dumb fib for Chrissakes. What on earth does that have to do with "popular," or for that matter, "ideals?" I was thinking that the lecture would come to "why is being popular so important, boy? Don't you plan on going out and making a living some day? Do you ever think about that? You're not 9 years old ya know."

But Jeff was right about one thing - June is no beauty queen. Far from it. She looks like a cross between Joan Crawford and Groucho Marx. Sheesh. Get some tweezers, girl! About all I can say, is at least she has two identifiably separate eyebrows (unlike Mollie, in "Mollie Grows Up"...but my goodness, you can't even see the girl's eyelids.

Lovely house Jeff lives in, by the way.

Acting: good; camp content: OK, but I've seen better; Script: Makes little sense. Better title would be "Don't tell fibs - It'll get ya in trouble." OR "Gotta dance to go to? Take the bus."

Reviewer: bestpbx - 1.00 out of 5 stars - June 19, 2009
Subject: NOthing is more important than being popular with your peers. NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!
To me this film was pointless... unless they wanted to drive home the fact that being popular is the only reason to do what is good or what is right.
Some folks are just naturally nice, but sometimes the most hateful people are the ones that are considered "popular".
Being the one who does what is right is hard to do, but you will like yourself a lot more... and THAT is what matters.

Reviewer: ERD - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - November 29, 2005
Subject: A little too stilted
The film became stilted when the father went into a long speech about having clearly defined ideals. The acting was well done, but the star was the little dog!

Reviewer: Spuzz - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - August 21, 2005
Subject: Right Stu? (Bark!)
Steve Moore wants so desperately to be popular. He thinks heÂs doing everything right, got the bow tie, got good parents, the somewhat homely (he even admits it too) girlfriend, and best of all, a dog that agrees with everything he says! He thinks heÂs going to be even more popular when he takes his gal to the school dance in DadÂs Car that he was promised! Right Stu? (BARK!). But wait! Dad and Mom has to go see Grandma in the hospital! How selfish of Father! Right Stu? (BARK!) Soon, he cancels his date, because he doesnÂt want to be seen going to the dance in the bus! When Dad gets home, Dad feels guilty, and explains to him why he reneged on his promise to his son. It all somehow, I canÂt remember the exact chain of events, excuse me, ties into some sort of pro-freedom rant. About America. Soon, Steve is writing an apology letter to his gal, because, by golly, thatÂs what being popular is about, having the guts to say youÂre sorry! Right Stu? (BARK!) (I just loved that dog!)

Reviewer: Steve Nordby - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 23, 2003
Subject: So bad it IS good!
Teen Jeff figures his parents don't want him to be popular because they won't let him have the car for his date. So he calls date and says he is sick. Inexplicably he appears to DRIVE to the soda shop where his ex-date catches him! A confused mess follows where Dad tells us "it needs to be clear"!!!!

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ILLUSTRATES WITH EVERYDAY EXAMPLES, DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUPERFICIAL STANDARDS & TRUE IDEALS. HIGH SCHOOL BOY WHO IS PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH AUTOMOBILE, DATES, PARTIES LEARNS FROM HIS FATHER'S EXAMPLE THAT IDEALS ARE BASED ON HONESTY, SINCERITY & GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP


TEENAGERS DOGS READING MAGAZINES AUTOMOBILES DATING FAMILIES MIRRORS CARS DATES BEDROOMS BOYS JUKE BOXES IDEALS VALUES HEADLIGHTS PRAIRIES CITIES RIVERS DAMS FATHERS ADOLESCENCE HONESTY SINCERITY SPORTSMANSHIP PEER GROUPS POPULARITY SOCIAL INTERACTION MALT SHOPS
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